Table 1

Baseline characteristics of the population with screen-detected metabolic syndrome participating in follow-up measurements, divided into those who did and did not achieve a remission
Baseline characteristics Total group Remission P-value
n = 194 Yes n = 103 No n = 91
Gender (% male) 104 (53.9) 53 (51.5) 51 (56.0) 0.52
Age (years) 49.0 ± 10.1 48.2 ± 10.9 49.8 ± 9.0 0.27
Ethnicity (% Western European) 187 (96.4) 100 (97.1) 87 (95.6) 0.58
Higher educated (%) 68 (35.1) 37 (35.9) 31 (34.1) 0.79
Smoking (%) 43 (22.2) 22 (21.4) 21 (23.1) 0.77
Physical activity (% adhering to Dutch Standard Healthy Movementa) 102 (53.4) 52 (51.5) 49 (53.8) 0.74
BMI (kg/m2) 30.1 ± 3.7 29.7 ± 3.5 30.7 ± 3.8 <0.05
Waist circumference (cm) 109.9 ± 7.4 106.6 ± 5.5 113.3 ± 7.6 < 0.001
99.5 ± 8.8 98.4 ± 8.9 101.0 ± 8.7 0.18
Blood pressure (mmHg) Systolic 143.5 ± 14.9 142.0 ± 12.5 145.3 ± 17.2 0.14
Diastolic 88.0 ± 7.5 87.1 ± 7.3 89.1 ± 7.6 0.07
Triglycerides (mmol/L) 1.9 (1.6-2.3) 1.9 (1.6-2.3) 1.9 (1.7-2.5) 0.24
HDL cholesterol (mmol/L) 1.1 ± 0.3 1.1 ± 0.3 1.1 ± 0.2 0.44
1.3 ± 0.3 1.4 ± 0.3 1.3 ± 0.3 0.04
Fasting glucose (mmol/L) 5.3 ± 1.1 5.0 ± 0.6 5.5 ± 1.5 0.01

Data are reported as means ± standard deviation or number (percentage). Non-normally distributed variables are reported as median (25th - 75th percentile).

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den Engelsen et al. BMC Public Health 2012 12:778   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-778

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